The market for classic cars is heating up as shown by an auction this week of two Holden cars from the late 1980s which are expected to sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Auctioneers say hefty price tags are attached to a 1988 Holden VL Walkinshaw SS Group A and a 1990 Holden Commodore VN SS Group A at $220,000 and $185,000, respectively.

The vintage motors are among a bevy of attractive vehicles from the 1980s that are up for sale in an April 24 auction at Lloyds Auctions.

The auctioneers reportedly said some vehicles from the 1980s have been selling for six figures since the closure of the Holden factory in Australia three years ago.

The appeal of older, classic cars is their heritage, rarity and desirability, and perhaps also the memories they stir among older drivers.

It isn’t only classic cars that are appreciating in value, run-of-the mill family saloons and SUVs are also rising in price.

Used or second-hand cars have gone up by nearly 40 per cent in the past year, according to Moody’s Analytics.

For example, a Holden Colorado is up 56 per cent to $33,800, while a Toyota Camry is 50 per cent more at $23,100.

The phenomenon is linked to the COVID-19 pandemic which has disrupted supply chains, making the sourcing of parts more difficult and slowing production at car plants.

Perhaps it is worth checking on car websites to see what your car is worth, if only out of curiosity.


To markets:

At lunchtime in Sydney, the ASX All Ordinaries index was slightly in the green at 7,283 points.

US stock indexes finished mixed at the end of overnight trading. The NASDAQ finished 1 per cent lower at 13,858 as technology stocks like Apple, Microsoft and Tesla lost ground.

The Dow Jones index rose 54 points to 33,731 as several US banks including JP Morgan issued strong profit results.

The S&P 500 slipped 17 points to 4,125 at Wednesday’s market close, and is still 11.5 per cent higher since the start of the year.

“Wall Street indexes closed mixed Wednesday, with the Nasdaq composite and S&P 500 falling despite another record intraday high for the latter and big banks’ stellar results on the first day of earnings season,” said stockbroker Argonaut in a note.

The price of gold ticked up a little to around $US1,738 per ounce ($2,245/ounce), Thursday.

Ten-year bond rates have edged higher with the US yield trading at 1.64 per cent and Australia’s was at 1.74 per cent, a two-year high.



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Among the star performers Thursday is African gold and graphite explorer Volt Resources (ASX:VRC) which climbed nearly 40 per cent in early trade.

The stock picked up speed with its announcement that it has joined the European Battery Alliance (EBA) and has made progress in its acquisition of a graphite business in Ukraine.

“As Volt progresses with the acquisition of the Zavalievsky graphite business to become a producer of graphite products in Europe, there is a great opportunity to build relationships and obtain access to capital to support the expansion and product development plans for the graphite business,” managing director, Trevor Matthews, said.

The EBA’s members include 600 industrial, innovation and academic institutions and the European Investment Bank in the European Union linked to the battery industry.

Uranium explorer Valor Resources (ASX:VAL) leapt higher as it announced it is not liable for a $US10.8m payment to SSR Mining following the unwinding of an asset transaction.

Gold miner SSR Mining (ASX:SSR) has arranged to sell its 8.73 per cent stake in Valor Resources at 0.6 cents per share, mostly to Valor Resources shareholders as part of the unwinding.

Valor Resources has handed back its Berenguela South silver-copper project in the South American country of Peru to SSR Mining, and retains its Picha silver-copper project.

The ASX copper and silver explorer agreed to buy the Berenguela South project in 2017 for around $US12m.



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It was a red ink day for Whitehaven Coal (ASX:WHC) as it announced a revision to its production guidance for the 2021 financial year as a result of recent logistical and other issues.

In its updated guidance, the company’s coal production has been cut by 600,000 to 800,000 tonnes to a range of 20.6 million to 21.4 million tonnes for FY2021.

“Disappointingly, we have had to revise down our FY2021 production, sales and unit cost guidance due to the ongoing geological challenges at our underground mine, Narrabri,” said managing director and chief executive, Paul Flynn.

Unit costs for the coal miner are also revised higher to $73 to $75 per tonne from $69 to $72 per tonne, although this is party offset by higher market prices for thermal and coking coal.

“Coal prices have continued to improve over the [March] quarter, responding to increased economic activity as well as supply constraints,” said Flynn.